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That’s not cool Tumblr.

no

Reblogging just in case this is true. I’ll get it off my blog here later, but for now….

Yeah if this is true… I’m just leaving this here and may or not remove all art.

TIME TO READ THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS CHANGES.

what

Bleh

Oh yeah. It’s true.

What makes this even more of a shitshow though? Well, if you don’t feel like digging through all the legalese to find this section, I’ve done it for you. This is what it says as of 2014-01-25, 19:53 PST:

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Read that. Read all of it. Not just the legalese in white. Not just the “skimmer-friendly” version in gray. Read both and notice how they technically, for all legal purposes, say the same things…yet completely contradict one another from any practical standpoint. The gray boxes are all nice and friendly. The legalese is basically a great big ol’ FUCK YOU.

So yeah, signal boost the hell out of this.

so anyone know what we should do if this goes through?

lmao im going to shit on someone i hate this

SIGN THE PETITION

uh. therainbowgorilla you may want to be careful about this.

I’m going to FUCKING SCREAM this is the same fucking reason I left fucking deviantart

staff I demand you fucking explain yourself. how fucking dare you

I’m sick of this fucking shit there’s no fucking safe place for my art fucking anywhere

to anyone thinking it’s not a big deal and probably nothing will come of it: after 9/11 AOL collected chat sessions of their users discussing the tragedy. It all went into a book that sold quite well and the users didn’t see any of those profits

Ok:

1) You can’t create content and post it to tumblr w/o it automatically becoming copyright protected. Thanks to the Berne Convention as soon as any work is “fixed” (so recorded in some sort of physical medium) copyright is granted to the author. The act of writing something in the post creation box satisfies the requirements of fixing a work.

2) If you’d actually read the terms of service it specifically mentions:

The reference in this license to “creat[ing] derivative works” is not intended to give Tumblr a right to make substantive editorial changes or derivations, but does, for example, enable reblogging, which allows Tumblr Subscribers to redistribute Subscriber Content from one Tumblr blog to another in a manner that allows them to add their own text or other Content before or after your Subscriber Content.

There is also a part after this that allows third parties to syndicate tumblr content for which reasonable examples are given.

So yeah, less freaking out and more reading please.